Pittosporum tobira ‘Nanum’
Dwarf Japanese Mock Orange
The Japanese Mock Orange is a rounded, broadleaved evergreen shrub with attractive leathery, glossy dark green leaves held in pleasing whorls. In a good summer Pittosporum tobira produces small heads of creamy-white highly scented flowers.
The ‘Nanum’ cultivar is a slower growing, more compact form of the species, making it perfectly suitable for growing in a container.
Native to South Korea and Japan, the name Japanese Mock Orange stems from the flowers which resemble the blossom of an orange. They also smell quite similar to orange blossom, though they have also been compared to jasmine flowers.
In UK gardens, Pittosporum tobira is tough, durable and can withstand severe pruning, making it a great choice as a screen or hedge.
Care & Size Guidance
The particularly compact nature of the ‘Nanum’ cultivar works brilliantly grown in a pot, which is especially useful in colder regions where it can be moved under cover to protect it from frost in winter.